plenty of pics, lots of pax - and the occasional (vox) pox on all our houses

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Driving down the back lanes on the way home

The scene of our massacre

We lost by 12ish - 2. Last week, they were bullies and the opposing team's coach was even heard to tell his team to stand on the goalie. But this week we were outskilled. Fair enough. Beautiful morning.

Football's sometimes hard.

Caughall Road

Caughall Road, near where I live, is being subjected - once more - to the travails of public works.  I've been told the Gas Alliance is responsible for the upheaval but all the signs point to Dee Valley Water plc.

Anyhow, one-way restrictions have been placed on the road which require most neighbours to make quite a detour when coming back to their homes.  Last week, we discovered that these one-way restrictions reached as far as Greenfields and meant that Greenfields neighbours had to follow a diversion off the A41 which took them an extra ten to fifteen minutes to reach their destinations (I know because I timed it) - mainly as a result of practically being diverted to Cheshire Oaks on the way round a myriad of back lanes!

I informed a dear colleague of the matter and we soon managed to get the one-way restrictions by Greenfields removed, so the right-turn off Acres Lane at the junction with the old zoo entrance became possible.  However, the diversion off the A41 now informs us that all Cedar House workers and Greenfields neighbours must turn right instead of left and follow the fifteen minute diversion instead of the five minutes the opposite direction (now otherwise permitted) would allow.

I can understand if a judgement call had been made to steer extra traffic away from Acresfield School.  What I cannot understand is how so many Greenfields neighbours can be abandoned to unlit back lanes for ten weeks or more where this is not necessary.

A bit of clarification from someone at Highways would be useful.

Also, is this the Gas Alliance's doing or Dee Valley Water plc's?  And when it's time to dig up the road near Greenfields, will we get a man with a stick or traffic lights - or will we be redirected round to Cheshire Oaks again before we can reach our homes?

Sunlit clouds behind trees

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

A No Entry sign


Evening is a beautiful time of the day. Shade and light combine so well. I love moments like these.

Looking back along where I've just walked

Evening walk before a meeting

I have a heavy coat on. But this evening is surprisingly warm. Just had a coffee and panini. Now walking these glorious streets.

Thursday, 21 October 2010


Not really. But it makes me think of Christmas, even so.

Saturday, 16 October 2010


Lamp-post, people and tree

A gently chilly Saturday morning in this beautiful park. The sun has come out from behind the clouds. Half-time score doesn't reflect hard work on all sides. Another example of how age groups don't make for the fairest youth football experiences.

Park bench

The shadow of a park bench distracts me from the game in progress. Lovely light now. Good game too.

Sun behind a cloud


Victoria Park, Birkenhead

Not sure how we'll fare this week.


Thursday, 14 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

What's he up to?

The flag you couldn't see ...

... and the Town Hall that used to be.

Window with English flag in the distance

Can you see that flag or not? It adorns what used to be Chester's Town Hall.

Having a pasty again. Breaks are important. Civilised breaks with good music even more so. Work can be noble but breaks are always welcome.

On the other hand, breaks wouldn't exist without work. There's a thought.

Back to my pasty.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Monday, 11 October 2010

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Empty car park, autumn leaves

Back in the car now and off to fill up with petrol. Life is made of the memories of such days as these.

Northgate Church

On the way back home. Walking on sunshine is *so* good.

Coming out of a subway

Love these lines, don't you?

Slats & Flats

Oddfellows Arms

Light on one side. Dark on the other. Oddfellows Arms indeed.

Late afternoon skyline

Side Street

High Street (III)

Lovely afternoon pacing the streets of Chester. If only we could control the weather ...

High Street (II)

High Street

People, Chester and sunny autumn (II)

People, Chester and sunny autumn

Was just sitting down near to Zara listening to this brilliant ten-year-old play electric guitar and sing like a dream. Chester can be so very good when its people take charge.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Sun over Waverton

Feels like at high noon with the thrashing we're getting.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Just more of the delicious same

Reminds me of Padova one Christmas

Glorious smell of Italian bakery.

Love Italian.

A massive rainstorm ...

... believe it or not, which I really wished I hadn't been caught in.

This is more like April than October. And I feel more like a drowned rat than a human being.

Wealstone Lane

Monday, 4 October 2010

The view at lunchtime

Just had a lovely pasty and disconnect from work. Nice music too. Wish I could now go home and write.

Love writing.

Urban elephant

Chester skyline (II)

Chester skyline